How to Build a Wall Cubby Shelf
This wall-mount catchall helps keep a busy entryway tidy
Not lucky enough to have an entryway with a closet or a guy named Jeeves waiting for you when you get home? Then you know how quickly the front hall disappears under heaps of jackets, backpacks, and hats, and how frustrating it is to have to hunt for what you need before heading out. But with a wall-mount organizer standing ready to corral your stuff, you just might get the kids to school on time.
A simple cubby shelf like the one here, with nooks above for loose items and hooks below for hanging things, makes a tempting DIY project. It uses only eight pieces of wood and needs no fancy joinery—everything is held together with screws and glue.
If you'd rather have someone else build one for you, you'll find plenty of ready-made options at a variety of prices available online. Some are in a plain Shaker style, like the one shown here; others are more dressed up, replete with crown molding, hand-forged hooks, or beadboard backs.
Plain or fancy, your cubby shelf will prove every bit as helpful as that Jeeves fellow.
Similar to shown: Monterey entryway shelf by Prepac, available at about $118; Wayfair
Overview to Build a Wall-mounted Cubby Shelf
For a shelf 39 inches wide by 17¾ inches high by 10 inches deep:
1x12 poplar board for the top: one at 39 inches, ripped to 10¼ inches wide
1x10 poplar board for the ends: two at 17 inches
1x10 poplar board for the shelf: one at 36 inches, ripped to 8 inches wide. (Use the piece left over from the rip cut as the crosspiece, below.)
1x10 poplar board for the crosspiece: one at 36 inches ripped to 1⅛ inches wide. (This is the piece left over after ripping the shelf to size.)
1x10 poplar board for the dividers: two at 9½ inches, ripped to 8 inches wide
¾-inch by 18-inch edge-glued pine panel for the back: one at 36 inches, ripped to 17 inches wide